Young cancer survivor gets his wish at NFL draft T.J. Owuanibe, 14, announces the Baltimore Ravens' selection during the first round of the 2017 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez/AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Young cancer survivor gets his wish at NFL draft
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T.J. Owuanibe got his wish: The 14-year-old shared center stage with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to announce the Baltimore Ravens' top draft pick.
 
The eighth grader at McDonogh School in Baltimore was diagnosed two years ago with brain cancer. He recently told Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic that he longed to join Goodell at the podium in Philadelphia when the Ravens - his favorite team - made their first-round selection.
 
And so, when Baltimore decided to take Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey with the 16th overall pick, Owuanibe jumped into action to help complete the process.
 
Wearing a gray suit, a bowtie, a light blue shirt and a very serious expression, Owuanibe nervously stood next to Goodell, who shared the youth's background with a national audience.
 
Owuanibe stood stoically until Goodell said, "He loves the Ravens."
 
And then the boy finally smiled.
 
An instant after that, Goodell stepped aside and let Owuanibe move behind the microphone, which was too high. After Goodell made an adjustment to the microphone, Owuanibe pumped his fist and told football fans around the world who the Ravens picked at No. 16.
 
Owuanibe loved the Ravens long before he was diagnosed with cancer. In recent years, the teenager met with the coaching staff and several players at training camp through another nonprofit organization, the Casey Cares Foundation.
 
Thus, when his wish was presented to the Ravens front office, the team happily complied. Coach John Harbaugh informed T.J. that his wish has been granted.
 
T.J.'s cancer is now in remission.

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COMMENTS (15)
  • Braleya-dav
    8/28/2017 - 11:05 a.m.

    T.J. put on a straight face and was nervous during the show but when commissioner Roger Goodell said "He likes the Ravens" he laughed and smiled. T.J. was happy he had got to have his with and he was happy he got to meet seven of the players and the coaching staff at their training camp.

  • Jacobc-dav1
    8/28/2017 - 02:55 p.m.

    Wow that was a big dream come true for TJ and that he finally got his wish of being a pick in the NFL draft and he also was in the 1st round. And I also agree that making a kids dream come true finally and I'm thinking that he was very happy that day.Another reason is that who ever knew that the NFL staff and directors r that nice to help a cancer suvivor finally achieve his dream. TJ is a hard fighter,and I know for sure, that's a memory TJ and his family will never forget.

  • sadlerg-lew
    9/29/2017 - 12:48 p.m.

    It is a good thing that he got his wish. He is very lucky to do what he did.

  • cadeb-lew1
    11/07/2017 - 12:08 p.m.

    It is good that there is foundations like this. So the kids that don't have as good of a chance as the rest of us, have a chance to follow their dreams.

  • AdelineR-dec
    1/18/2018 - 09:40 a.m.

    When they said about how he just nervously stood there and when they said"he loves the ravens" he smiled so it kind of shows that he was nervous but yet kind of scared and happy all in one.

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